Tommaso Giordani was born in Naples and came from a
musical family. His father was Giuseppe Giordani senior
who was born around 1695 in Naples, died after 1762,
probably in London (no relation to the Neopolitan
organist Carmine Giordani b.1685). A younger brother
was Giuseppe Giordani (1743–98), called "Giordanello".
Tommaso was trained in Naples and moved with the family
to London around 1752. After three years at Covent
Garden he brought out his first comic opera. In 1762 he
appeared at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket as a singer.
In 1764 he settled in Dublin. He was one of the leading
musicians in the Irish capital from 1764 to 1781, when
he returned to London; after two years, he came back to
Dublin, where he spent the remainder of his life. He
had a stake in an opera-house, which he founded in
1783, and in a music shop, neither of which was
While "Caro Mio Ben" traditionally attributed to
Giuseppe Giordani, scholar John Glen Paton proposes
that it is actually by Tommaso Giordani in his book 26
Italian Songs And Arias: An Authoritative Edition Based
On Authentic Sources. The Nanki Library copy is bound
in a volume of publications by Tommaso Giordani, which
may reinforce this notion.
Although originally written as an Aria for Voice,
Strings & Basso Continuo, Guido Papini created an
arrangement for Flute & Piano. I then created this
arrangement for Flute & Concert (Pedal) Harp.